Automotive camera platform has configuration options

Cameras for automotives can be configured with different lenses, image sensors, image signal processors (ISPs) and communications options using the ON Semiconductor Module Automotive Reference System (MARS).

The system can be used for the full spectrum of automotive camera applications including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), surround and rear viewing systems, in-cabin cameras (for gesture recognition, driver eye monitoring, or light level inspection purposes), and autonomous driving.

It is also claimed to enable shorter design cycles, reduce engineering costs, and provides automotive design teams a mix-and-match solution. It allows various items of hardware to be combined in a robust, adaptable system with a compact form-factor. There are many different boards available providing access to ON Semiconductor’s portfolio of image sensors and co-processors, and various automotive communications protocols from third party supply partners to find a combination that best fits specific system requirements. According to the company, the platform can accommodate an almost limitless number of combinations due to consistent signal/power definitions for the interconnects used by these boards.

The company also claims that time-consuming activities such as creating custom boards (each capable of accommodating a different sensor option), testing out high-speed interface standards, or writing code for drivers, are no longer necessary.

MARS is supported by an ecosystem of software development tools, schematics, gerbers and bill-of-materials (BoM). A user guide is also included within the accompanying documentation.

The support of commonly used communication standards (such as GMSL, FPD-Link, LVDS, MIPI, Ethernet) enables direct interfacing with existing vehicle electronic control units (ECUs).

MARS development boards are available now, with a MARS product recommendation tool to provide a step by step process to select the correct board(s) for a design.


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